~~Eileen Nelson ( Larkin ), devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, passed away peacefully on November 5th at Franciscan Oaks, Denville, NJ, surrounded by the deep love of her family and friends and the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Predeceased by her husband of fifty seven years Francis Xavier, ( d. 2013 ) she is survived by her children: two daughters; Susan de Faria and her husband Ralph, of Toms River, NJ, Kathleen McGlew and her husband James, of Mountainside, NJ, two sons; Frank Nelson and his wife Tobey of New York City and Jack J. Nelson of Parkton, Maryland, as well as seven grandchildren: Brian, Kristine, Cara, Matthew, Jimmy, Conor and Annalee, and her two great-grandsons, Joey and Brian.
Mrs. Nelson attended Seton Hall University in South Orange, NJ where she met her husband Francis X. Nelson. They married on February 4th, 1956 at Sacred Heart Church in Jersey City.
She was a long time former resident of Morris Township and an active parishioner of St. Virgil's Church serving as a member of the Rosary Society in many capacities.
Eileen was a proud Irish lady who never missed a St. Patrick's Day parade or an opportunity to make her famous Irish soda bread for all her family and friends. She shared with everyone she knew the wonderful Irish heritage she was a part of, which along with her faith and her family, defined her life in so many positive and uplifting ways.
A wake will be held at Dangler Funeral Home in Morris Plains on Friday, November 10th from 4pm to 8pm, with a 10am funeral mass the following morning at St Virgil's Church, Morris Plains.
Donations in lieu of flowers can be made in Eileen's memory to St. Virgil's Church 250 Speedwell Avenue, Morris Plains, NJ 07950.